Authentic WW2 Japanese Army NCO's Shin Gunto
A 100% authentic WW2 Japanese Army NCO's Katana.
I guarantee this to be an authentic WW2 Japanese Army NCO's Katana;
be warned, many if not most on the market are reproductions, including
some sold by self-proclaimed sword experts!
Please note the correct orientation of the blade's serial number
(48465), the correct Kokura arsenal blade stamp, the correct sarute
loop, the correct unpainted fuchi material and stamps for the serial
number, the correct location / position of the bohi groove on the
blade, the tell-tale authentic wear to copper color painted aluminum
grip. Reproductions are good but they get certain things a little
wrong; this sword is 100% correct, authentic.
Good condition 69.5 cm blade (includes habaki), sharpened and with
some scratching / aging as is to be expected. Everything is firm.
The blade and scabbard serial numbers are different, which is also
good from the perspective of avoiding reproductions (most reproductions
have matching serial numbers of course). This mismatch of blade
and saya / scabbard serial numbers is common amongst authentic NCO
katanas and indicates the item was a war trophy given from a depository
where swords and sayas were put together without too much method.
It is a lovely example and sheathes well. Further / full sized images
available upon request. My reference number 566. These swords are
getting increasingly, even incredibly hard to source.